If You’re a Woman, You’ll Be Furious 20% of HR Managers Admit to This

Do you think women should earn the same pay as men?

If you’re vigorously nodding your head yes (and I dearly hope you are), then you’ll be dismayed to hear about recent data from CareerBuilder.

Together with Harris Poll, the careers website surveyed more than 3,200 workers and 220 human resource managers across the nation in various industries about the salaries of men and women.

And the results are pretty scary…

The Shocking Thing 20% of HR Managers Admit

Of the workers surveyed, men were nearly three times as likely to report earning $100,000 or more, whereas women were twice as likely to report earning less than $35,000.

It’s 2016, people! Shouldn’t we be past this point already?

Even worse, 20% of human resource managers admitted “women do not make the same wages as their male counterparts at their organizations.”

Wow. That means women earn less for the same job at the same company.

And keep in mind 20% admitted to it — other HR managers may have been too ashamed to ‘fess up.

I don’t know about you, but that makes me mad.

If you want to help narrow the wage gap, here are a few tips:

  • Talk openly about money with your partner and peers. Get a ballpark estimate of their incomes, and the strategies they used to get there.
  • Once armed with information and numbers, it’s time for the most important step: Negotiate. The worst thing your employer can say is “no.” And if they don’t pay you what you’re worth, it may be time to look for a new job.

Instead of just getting angry about the wage gap, let’s do our best to reduce it.

It’s clear employers aren’t going to magically offer women more money

So if we want it, we have to ask for it.

Your Turn: Do these numbers make you mad?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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